Redmond DMV office closed during move

The basic Oregon license plate. The pandemic grace period for renewing driver's licenses and vehicle registrations expires Dec. 31. 

If you’ve got an expired Oregon license or vehicle registration, it may be time to visit the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services in person or online.

The grace period to renew already expired licenses and registrations ends Dec. 31.

In 2020, the DMV closed its 60 offices across Oregon amid the pandemic, prompting a huge backlog, DMV spokesperson David House said. When the offices reopened, the backlog was exacerbated by staff shortages and restrictions such as capacity limits and appointment-only services.

To help alleviate the pileup of requests and clogged phone lines, multiple vehicle-related moratoriums were put in place throughout the year.

One rolling moratorium provides a grace period on citations for expired driver’s licenses, permits, vehicle registrations and disabled parking placards. The law only applies to expiration dates of six months or less and will expire Dec. 31, according to the DMV website.

Since reopening, the DMV has increased its available appointments and is also now accepting walk-ins. Though there are no capacity limits, customers are required to wear masks in the offices and during driving tests.

The DMV offers many services online. To find out more, visit www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv

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